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Welcome to the School of Education

The new School of Education in a new South Africa carries the responsibility and obligation to respond to the inequalities and injustices inherited in the local context of the new university, the province and in the country; and simultaneously it must address the global, the continent of Africa, and the margin or periphery as part of the developing world. It has to do so in all areas of its core functions of research, teaching, learning and community engagement.

It must operate within and manage the deepening tensions produced by the rapid advance of Science and Technology, which is fundamentally changing the nature and structures of communities as new informational and knowledge economies and societies emerge and the gap between the poor and the wealthy, and the north and the south widens.

The School of Education is located on two sites namely, Edgewood (Pinetown) and Pietermaritzburg. The School offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees and diplomas as well as postgraduate certificates, Honours, Masters and Doctoral studies programmes.

The vision is of an education that is accessible and relevant to the full range of learners, appropriate to both national and global contexts, that is of high quality and that contributes to lifelong learning in a South Africa characterised by social justice and sustainable economic development. The School sees itself as being a School located within an African university which is socially inclusive, contextually relevant and has as its primary function the generation of knowledge needed in the society that it serves.

The School of Education has strong national reputations for teacher education programmes, adult education, workplace learning and higher education. A wide variety of programmes are offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Prospective students are urged to discuss their needs with the relevant staff at two centres.

Professor Thabo Msibi


It is with great pleasure and excitement that I warmly welcome you to the website of the School of Education. Ours is the largest School in the College of Humanities at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and we are proud of our excellence in the academic trinity.

In line with the academic structure which the University of KwaZulu-Natal adopted in 2012, the School of Education is made up of the following six clusters:
  • Science and Technology Education
  • Mathematics and Computer Science Education
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Education Studies
  • Education, Development, Leadership and Management
  • Language, Arts and Media Education
We offer the following academic programmes: Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Education Honours, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), M. Ed and PhD.  We are proud of our cohort model of PhD supervision which is well appreciated in many quarters both within and outside the University.
The cohort model of supervision is one of the factors behind our increasing postgraduate throughput rate. We have taken our cohort model of supervision to contexts beyond the borders of South Africa. For example, we are currently running M.Ed/PhD cohorts in Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Mauritius and intend to extend this facility to other countries. We also offer postdoctoral fellowships.
For a student who seeks quality academic programmes, the School of Education is the name to keep in mind. For a researcher who wants to go on a sabbatical or research leave, the School of Education is a fruitful destination. We also work in partnership and collaboration with other institutions of higher education through Memorandums of Understanding. New partners are most welcome. We invite you all to read more on our website, and please do not hesitate to link up with us on any matter of interest.
Enjoy your visit to our website. Feel at home!

Prof Gregory Kamwendo: Dean & Head of the School of Education

  • Novice Maths Seminar for KZN Teachers

    KZN teachers participate in Novice Maths seminar.

    [26 Aug, 2016] Two academics at the School of Education, Dr Zanele Ndlovu and Professor Sarah Bansilal, held an ASSAF and British Council-funded novice maths seminar for teachers in KZN.

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  • Youth Participation in Post-Apartheid SA Debated by Panel

    At the panel discussion were (from left) Mr Marshall Dlamini (EFF), Mr Sanele Mthembu (ANC), Mr Hlanganani Gumbi (DA) and Ms Nomzamo Nxumalo.

    [21 Jul, 2016] The School of Education, through the Community Development Association’s (CDA) Masakhane Youth Leadership Course, recently hosted a panel discussion titled: Identifying Our Issues: Youth Participation in a Post-Apartheid South Africa.

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  • School of Education hosts Masakhane Youth Leadership Course

    High School learners at the opening ceremony of the Masakhane Youth Leadership Course.

    [15 Jul, 2016] The School of Education, through the Community Development Association (CDA) – a student-run community outreach organisation, recently hosted the 15th annual Masakhane Youth Leadership Course (MYLC) for more than 200 Grade 11 learners from predominantly disadvantaged schools across KwaZulu-Natal.

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  • Women in leadership challenges discussed by academic panel

    At the panel discussion were (from left) Professor Thabo Msibi, Ms Samantha Ntuli, Professor Relebohile Moletsane, Professor Pearl Sithole, Professor Ntomb'fikile Mazibuko and Mr Nkonzo Mkhize.

    [15 Jul, 2016] Three prominent UKZN academics were on a Masakhane Youth Leadership Course (MYLC) panel of women professors who discussed challenges faced by women in leadership positions.

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  • UKZN Academic Nominated for Prestigious Award

    Dr Angela James

    [23 Jun, 2016] UKZN School of Education academic, Dr Angela James, has been short-listed as a finalist in the National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards in the category: Research or Engineering Capacity Development.

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  • Education student successful in music and fashion worlds

    Mr Thabiso Ntshangase

    [09 Jun, 2016] Education student Mr Thabiso Ntshangase recently launched his own clothing line and founded his own entertainment company: No Limits Entertainment.

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  • UKZN academic co-edits book on Teacher Education in Mauritius

    At the book launch in Mauritius are (from left) UKZN’s Professor Michael Samuel; the Director of the Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE), Professor Om Varma; Mrs Irena Andrews of the University of Brighton in England, and Dr Hyleen Mariaye of the MIE.

    [09 Jun, 2016] UKZN School of Education academic Professor Michael Anthony Samuel has co-edited the book Continuity, Complexity and Change: Teacher Education in Mauritius with Dr Hyleen Mariaye of the Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE).

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  • School of Education hosts Minquiz science and maths competition

    Ms Glenda Watt, Mr Andrea Tonelli, Mr Bahle Danisa, Mr Jacob Tsotetsi (Mintek), Mr Sinenhlanhla Christian Zondi, Ms Thoko Silindile Monica Thusi and Dr Nadaraj Govender (KZN convenor/UKZN).

    [02 Jun, 2016] The School of Education recently hosted the Minquiz Provincial Competition, an annual national Science competition for Grade 12 learners. Learners from 37 schools across KZN were accompanied by their teachers to compete in the event on the Edgewood Campus.

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  • Edgewood campus tackles gender-based violence and cyber bullying

    The Edgewood Campus Community Development Association at their anti-gender-based violence and cyber bullying wall.

    [20 May, 2016] The Edgewood Campus Community Development Association (CDA) has launched an anti-gender based violence and cyber bullying campaign.

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  • Engagement Thrills for Humanities Graduate

    Mr Sanele Mhlungu proposes to Ms Nosipho Nguse.

    [18 Apr, 2016] Humanities graduates and their friends and families got a little something extra during a recent Graduation ceremony.

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